January 24, 2022

the National Assembly adopts a new reading of the bill

Back in the National Assembly, the controversial bill transforming the health pass into a vaccine pass was adopted on the night of Friday January 14 to Saturday January 15, at 4 a.m. After the resounding failure of a compromise with the Senate where the text had been significantly modified, and new bitter discussions started at 3 p.m. in an electric Palais-Bourbon, the deputies validated the bill strengthening the management tools of the health crisis with 185 votes for, 69 against, and 8 abstentions.

The discussions were particularly nourished about the checks that restaurateurs will be able to carry out to verify the concordance between the vaccination pass and the identity of the person. The text also provides for tougher penalties in the event of fraud. Presenting a false pass may be punished by 5 years’ imprisonment and a fine of 75,000 euros.

The opponents of the text did not disarm, like the elected representatives of La France insoumise (LFI) who defended, in vain, a motion of rejection beforehand against a text of ” constraint “ and scrapped on each of their amendments, multiplying the scratches against the majority and the executive, with the key to regular rises in tension during the speeches of Ugo Bernalicis in particular.

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Final adoption expected on Sunday

Accused of “political maneuver” with this text and the failure of the Joint Joint Committee (CMP), the La République en marche (LRM) ” responsibility “ and underlined the divisions at Les Républicains (LR) based on the votes. The LR group voted overwhelmingly in favor of the bill but is divided on the text with 26 votes for, 14 against and 7 abstentions. The left largely voted against, including the socialist group (9 against and 3 for). Far-right MPs also opposed the bill, with the exception of Emmanuelle Ménard.

The text will again pass before the senators on Saturday. The majority hope for its final adoption on Sunday, and for implementation next week, said Adrien Taquet, Secretary of State to the Minister of Health.

Once the bill has been definitively adopted by Parliament, it will be necessary to be able to justify, above the age of 16, a vaccination status to access leisure activities, restaurants and bars, fairs or interregional public transport. A negative test will no longer suffice, except for access to health establishments and services.

Some parliamentary groups have let it be known that they plan to seize the Constitutional Council.

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